San Marcos Police Officer Killed While Serving Warrant

San Marcos Police Officer Fatally Shot Serving Warrant Suspect in Custody

San Marcos Police Officer Fatally Shot Serving Warrant Suspect in Custody

Copeland was the first SMPD officer to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the department.

In a news conference, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp said that 58-year-old officer Kenneth Copeland was fatally shot by the man while Copeland and a small contingent of officers were surrounded by a house in the El Camino Real subdivision at 2.23 p.m., the officers were there to arrest the man on a warrant.

According to the release, the officer was serving the warrant with other officers and was wearing a protective vest.

Copeland was a 19-year veteran of the force.

It was unclear, he said, if the wound was self-inflicted or the result of police gunfire.

A Central Texas police officer was shot multiple times and killed in an "ambush-style" attack on Monday while he was serving a warrant on a suspect.

The suspect was also taken to a hospital after he was shot during a standoff with police. He was taken to the Central Texas Medical Center immediately and was later pronouced dead at 3:50 p.m. local time, according to the press release.

Regarding police officers killed in the line of duty, ambush attacks account for the most, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Copeland was shot multiple times, Strapp said.

"Ken's a hero. Today was his day off".

Fallen officer Kenneth Copeland's body will be escorted from the Travis County Medical Examiner's office to Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos Tuesday afternoon. "They are a part of our family as well and they did a great job".

"He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows we're shorthanded and we need the help", said Chief Stapp.

"Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer's murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened".

Gov. Greg Abbott issued his condolences to the slain cop's family and promised the shooter will receive "swift justice".

A suspect is in custody following a shootout with law enforcement.

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